S: Hawkins Heritage Volume One: Our Ancestry
BC: "I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who are to come. I looked back and saw my parents, and their parents, and all our grandparents. I see in front my children, and someday their children, and the future generations beyond. And their eyes were my eyes.” Derived from Richard Llewellyn
FC: Michael Dean Hawkins | Cecilia Kay Hawkins | b. June 11, 1964 | b. May 24, 1962 | b. September 26, 1996 | b. December 27, 1999 | Our Danish Roots
1: Our Family Tree | Allison and Grayson | Cecilia | Mike | Jean and John | Clara and George | Bertha Guy Julia David Nelle Perry Annie Frank
2: Allison | Wilma Jean Bridges | Cecilia Crompton Hawkins | John Washington Crompton | Bertha Hunt Crompton | Guy Crompton | Jacob Hunt | Melissa Van Orden | Julia Pliney Weibel | William Weibel | Lucinda Love Fox | Calvin Pliney Fox | Julia Love Wilcox | Jane S pears | Benjamin N. Wilcox | Elizabeth Neddagar | Christian Weibel | David Wilson Bridges | Isabelle Locke Willet | Christine Anderson | David Willet | Duncan Willet | Thomas Willet | Walter Elwyn Bridges | Wilson H. Bridges | Lavinia Susan Bakeman | George Albert Bakeman | Susan Hall Gardner | Atherton Wales Bakeman | Frances E. Bakeman | Christina Smart | John Bakeman | Anna Little Rogers | Patience Little | Anna Baker | Ephraim Little | Samuel Rogers | Lydia Rogers | Samuel Rogers | Experience Thomas | Adam Rogers | Anna Marie Mikalajunas | Anna Mikilajunas | Our Civil War Ancestor | Paul (Tetrus) Mikalajunas | Scotland | Lithuania | Holland | Switzerland | Benjamin Franklin Wilcox | Deborah Marie Brown | William Spears | Love Watkins | Elizabeth Nydegger’s (1832-1910) family is traced to 1697 to Walhern, Bern Canton, Switzerland: Her parents: Johann Nydegger (1791-1820) and Marie Hostettler (1797-1837), m. 1817 His Parents: Christian Nydegger (1752-1813) and Elizabeth Hachen (1755-1831) from Rueggisberg, m. 1783 His parents: Daniel Nydegger (b.1724) and Anna Roggli His parents: Ulrich Nydegger (b. 1697) and Elisabeth Guggisberg (b.1698) | Johannes Christopher Weibel | Maria Anna Huebi
3: Grayson | Michael Dean Hawkins | Sam Frank Hawkins | George Hawkins | George Walter Hawkins | Annie Lane Highfill | Nancy Jane Martin | Clara Anne Dawkins | Nelle Sullivan | Verina Saunders | Logan Sullivan | William Perry Dawkins | William "Bud" Dawkins | Florence V. Easterling | Effie Jane Jones | Calvin Jones | Effie Jane Coleman | Charity | Silas Jones | John Jones | Mary J. | Archibald Easterling | Martha Stubbs | John Archibald Easterling | joel Easterling | Obedience Adams | William Thomas Easterling | Elizabeth Jane Cunningham | Rev. Henry Easterling | Elizabeth Bennet | Lydia Hatch | Timothy Rogers | Timothy Rogers | John Rogers | England | The Rogers Family Traces back as far a 1408, England: Thomas John Rogers (1470 -1482) in Deritend, Aston, Warwickshire, England His father: Thomas John Rogers, born 1435 of Bradford, Wiltshire, England His father: Thomas Rogers, born 1408 in Ashington, Somerset, England. | Richard Thomas MartinRichard | James Hawkins | Louisa A. Carter
4: Our Family History | Our story is presented though the Grandparents John, Jean, Clara, and George. This includes history of our heritage will take us through six generations. Our ancestors come from England, Holland, Switzerland, Scotland, and Lithuania. From the hills of Pennsylvania, the shores of the Great Lakes of Indiana and Chicago, to the sandy fields and pine trees of the southern border of North Carolina, we've ended up in the Shenandoah Valley to continue..
5: Through the Passage of Time, families grow and change | Mike Cecee Allison Grayson
6: John Crompton was born Feb. 20, 1933 in Binghamton, NY. At 6 months old, he was adopted by Bertha and Guy Crompton of Starlight, PA. They had a 3 acre farmette with a 3 story house and small barn. Bertha ran house, raised chickens, and took in summer boarders who did roadwork while Guy worked on a diary farm. Bertha was born and raised in Liberty, NY. As an adult, she worked at a hospital in Birmingham. She was known to be a fine, hard working country gal. In her garden, Guy would plant a row of peonies, her favorite flower. A favorite childhood story was that when John was 4 yrs old, Guy took him frog hunting, and in the kitchen, he knocked the bucket over and frogs got loose in the house. Sadly, in 1939, Guy was trampled by a mad horse and later had passed away. In 1940, Bertha and John moved to Hancock, then onto Honesdale, PA where she raised John. They were very devoted to each other. John spent much time working in a projection booth at local theatres, something he loved to do his whole life, even up until his retirement from Walt Disney World, FL. | The Story of John W. Crompton
7: John Washington Crompton | Born February 20, 1933 Binghamton, NY | Bertha, John's Mother with John and Jean, late 1950's
8: The Wedding License of Jacob and Melissa Van Orden Hunt | Bertha Hunt Crompton with John and Jean | Bertha's Parents: Jacob Hunt and Melissa Van Orden | Jacob Hunt Born April 14, 1840 | Melissa Van Orden Born July 16, 1850
9: The Jacob Hunt Family History | Bertha Hunt | Bertha's Sister and Brother
10: Guy Crompton John’s Father | John's father was born Nov. 29, 1894. He worked on a Dairy farm and was Bertha’s second husband. He passed away in 1939 at the age of 45. | Guy Crompton’s WWI Selective Service Registration
11: Article of Guy's Death | Guy Crompton ‘s Obituary and Funeral Program
12: Childhood Pictures of John | John as a toddler; he was doted on by his mother Bertha. | 1950 John got bike for newspaper route. He worked hard to support himself and Bertha. Behind him up steps is apartment in Honesdale, PA. It was located along the river and nearly flooded once. | 1950 – Boy Scouts; John was his pack’s representative at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, PA. He got to see President Truman drive by in a convertible and wave. The President spoke at Jamboree that year.
13: John went to Honesdale High School in PA. He joined the Projector’s Club headed by Mr. Joyce Avery . When teachers needed to show a film in class, John would set up the equipment if he was in study hall. He would get the key, unlock store room, and get out the projector and screen on a cart and set it up for teachers. He loved working with projectors so much; in the summer of 1950 he got an apprentice license to work at local movie theatres. He also got lead in the Senior Play. John graduated from Honesdale High School in 1951. | John’s Education | Honesdale High School
14: High School Memories | Items from John's Senior Yearbook
15: Thaddeus Stevens Trade School | Lancaster, PA | After high school graduation, John attended Stevens Trade School from 1951 – 1954 where he took up drafting. He graduated near the top of his class and gave a speech at Commencement. For his last two years, he had learned Calligraphy, and penned the student’s names on all the diplomas. He even lettered his own diploma.
16: John's Commencement Speech | Given at Baccalaureate, June 27, 1954
18: Very Special People in John’s Life | Cecil and Hazel Faling | Since John’s father Guy died when he was young, his Uncle Cecil became his father figure and mentor. Cecil and his wife Hazel were very special people in his life. In fact, it was how Cecilia got her name. It was said Cecil was “tickled to death” having someone named after him.
19: John’s Birth Mother’s Story It found out in later years that John's biological mother was named Anna Marie Mikalajunas, a 19 year old college student. Her parents were named Paul (Tetrus)and Anne. Paul was born in 1889 and was a shoe factory worker where his wife Anne (b. 1893) also worked as a lasterer on foot models. Anna was the oldest of four children. Her siblings were Helena, Alfons, and Lillian. They lived at 47 Hazel Street, Binghamton. It was said that Paul came over in 1909 on the ship Estonia from the Luban prot in Latvia. The family was catholic and originally from Lithuania. During the summers they farmed while during the winters, they lived in the city and built carriage wheels for the nobility. Many family members were carpenters and wood workers, something John turned out to be very good at. It was said after John was adopted, Anna’s father had stopped by Bertha and Guy’s home to see if John was doing fine, which he was. | John Crompton’s Family, 1982 Barbara, Cecee, Jean, John, and Susan
20: John enlisted into the army for a 3 year “Hitch” from Oct. 1954 – Oct 1957. He tested in basic training and was offered OTC -“Officer Training Candidate”. He could have worked up to Colonel. Tho he decided not to, he did wonder where he’d be if he did. His life turned out very well, none the less. His MOS was draftsman and he was stationed at Camp Cordon, GA, and then Fort Huachuca, AZ. He stated the Mexican Border was on the other side of the mountain. Here, he corresponded with Jean whom he met in 1955. He left the Army as Specialist 3rd class, E5. After leaving the Army, John got a job at the Hendrik Company as a draftsman. Then, in 1959, the Air Force began recruiting prior enlisted men. They offered no basic training, and John could pick his school of choice. He chose Ground Communications when he enlisted in December, 1959. He did two 4 – year “Hitches” with the Air Force until 1967. He started in school at Keesler AFB in MI and then transferred to Tyndall AFB , Panama City, FL, until 1960. He was then stationed in Sagalak Bay, Labrador, Canada. It was an “early warning radar base” on a coastal island. Below the MPR tower, he use to sit on edge of cliffs, feet dangling, 1200 ft above the ocean with field binoculars watching seals play. He spoke of an accident where a vehicle went over cliff with two passengers due to “white out” fog like he’d never seen before. However in 1960, Bertha took ill with cancer from a tumor on the side of her neck. John packed up all his belongings and had to wait three days to catch a Military Air Transport plane off the island. Bertha had a Military Dependent ID card, and the Red Cross had contacted him when she was placed in a nursing home. Her case worker was Mrs. Usa, and John was told “she wasn’t leaving, likely”. So John closed their apartment, sold the furniture to the neighbors, and gave all of Bertha’s pictures to her brother, his Uncle Marvin Hunt. After six months, she quietly passed away. During these months, John was stationed at Stewart AFB in NY. He was given two consecutive 3-Day Passes the week of her funeral. Bertha was buried beside Guy at Riverview Cemetery, Honesdale, NY. John and Jean were married at the chapel on Stewart AFB. While stationed there, Barbara and Susan were born at West Point. In Jan. 1964, John and the family were transferred to Goodfellow AFB in Texas where he continued in school. Cecee was born that year. He went into the security service of Classified Communications. He was sent to Pakistan serving in the beginnings of the Indo/Pakistani War for six months in Peshawar, the capital of West Pakistan. He was stationed six miles from the India border. He remembers the “lights out” conditions and broken windows from the anti-aircraft shot by the Pakistanis. One time while operating the Projection Booth at the Base theatre, and earthquake struck, and he rushed out onto the roof to “jump into a bush”. He came home and brought with him many beautiful Pakistani souvenirs such as elaborate hand cut brass ware and carved items from local wood. He still has them to this day. In 1965 the family moved to Biloxi, MI, to the Keesler AFB where he built a house on Shore Drive. He left the Air Force in 1967 after 8 years as Staff Sgt E6. | John’s Years of Service in the US Military
21: David Franklin Bridge b. 1906s | The Story of Wilma Jean Bridges | Wilma Jean Bridges Born June 19, 1936 | Julia Pliney Weibel b. Oct. 16, 1906 | Lucinda Love Fox b 1879 | William Weibel b. 1876 | Isabel Locke Willet | Walter Elwyn Bridges | Julia Love Wilcox | Calving Pliney Fox | Elizabeth Neddegar | Christian Weibel | Christina Anderson | David Willett | Lavinia Susan Bakeman | Not Pictured: Wilson Bridges
22: Jean's Mother Julia and the Weibel Family | 1916 Julia, Viola, William, Lucinda, Lovina, William, Lucinda Lorena, and Calvin
23: Christian Weibel’s US Citizen form. | Julia’s father William’s parents came from Walhern and the family came from Aollikofen, Bern Canton, Switzerland, Aug 25, 1869 on the ship City of Dublin from Antwerp to NYC. Christian Weibel married Elizabeth Nydegger (Oct. 19, 1832 – Feb. 12, 1910) on Feb. 27, 1857. They had 11 children: Mary, Christian Jr., Elise, Rosing, Ernest, Edward, Rudolph, Jacob, John, Emma, and William, who was the youngest. The Nydeggers can be traced back to Ulrich Nydegger, Elizabeth’s great great grandfather born in 1697. | WilliamWeibel born Nove. 28, 1876
24: Baby Julia being held by Grandma Elizabeth. Translated from German, This letter was written by Elizabeth to Julia’s father William a few years before she passed away in 1910. | The Headstone for Christian and Elizabeth Weibel. They are buried in the Hannah Cemetery, in Wanatah La Porte, IN.
25: Lucinda Fox's Family Julia's Mother Lucinda’s parents come from Milan, OH. She was born July 19, 1879 in Bowling Green, OH | Calvin Pliney Fox July 21, 1843 –April 12, 1910 | Julia Love Wilcox Dec. 2, 1847 – Dec. 21, 1922 | Calvin and Julia Fox’s Marriage License Lucinda Love Fox, age 7
26: William and Lucinda were married Sept. 17, 1898 in Los Angelos, CA. They settled in Chicago, IL. Together they had six children. Julia was their fourth child. | Lucinda with her parents, Julia and Calvin Fox. It was her Grandmother Fox that Julia Weibel was named for.
27: William and Lucinda settled in Chicago, IL. With Lucinda’s parents, Julia Love Wilcox and Calvin Pliney Fox, William helped run the family grocery store which he listed in his selective service form. For many years, he delivered milk with this cart.
28: Lucinda Love was the youngest child of the Weibel Family. At the age of 4, she fell against a wood stove; Julia remembered the stove’s name burned on her chest. Lucinda died from the injuries; it was a tragic loss for the Family. | 1907 Baby Julia on William's Mother Elizabeth's Lap | 1910 Julia, William, Viola Calvin, Lovina | 1904 Young Weibel Family
29: The Weibels were a talented family; each member learned an instrument and they formed a family band. | After William’s passing in 1941, Lucinda lived a full life watching her children grow into adulthood, get married, and have children and even great grandchildren. Lovina cared for her in her later years, and she passed away in 1964. | Lucinda, 1963 | Julia’s children, Walter, Edward, and Jean 1943 | Julia’s Grandchildren - A fourth generation: Cecee, Barbara, David, Susan, Sarah, Tim, and Linda 1980 | The Weibel Family circa 1928 Lucinda, William, Viola, Lovina, Julia, Calvin, William Jr.
30: Julia did amazing things with her life. She was the first woman in her family to graduate college in 1928, was a teacher, and in 1963 she received her Masters in English. At the age of 10 she declared she'd travel around the world, and in 1971, she did. | Two special stories pertaining to Julia’s college efforts: In 1928, since her family didn’t believe in a woman going to college, her mother Lucinda was the only one who attended Julia’s graduation. She told Julia “how very proud she was of her”. In 1963, Julia had to take statistics, and gave credit to her husband David for getting her through it. She said she would have never graduated if it weren’t for him.
31: The Story of David Franklin Bridges Julia's Husband and Jean's father | David was born in Chicago in 1906. His mother, Isabel Locke Willett, came from Scotland as a child. His father Walter’s family came from Holland. David and Julia met when they were both 10 years old. Later, he grew up to became a chemical engineer for Corn Product. | Lavinia Susan Bakeman | Walter Elwyn Bridges | Isabel Locke Willett | Christina Anderson | David Willett | Duncan Willtet and Wife from Ayrshire, Scotland | Wilson Howard Bridges not pictured
32: The Willetts of Scotland David's Mother's Family | The Willetts came from Aryshire,Scotland in the 1880’s when Isa was a child. She later married Walter Bridges from Chicago | Isa's Parents Christina Anderson (our link to the McAnderson Clan) and Duncan Willett | Duncan Hettrick Willet and his sister Margaret | Duncan's Parents David Willett (1801 - 1876) and his Wife | Isabel Willett David Bridges Mother | The Willett Family | from Scotland David’s mother Isa’s Family | Genealogy of the Willetts sent to Julia from a Scottish relative
33: Isa had two brothers Malcolm and Duncan, and a sister Jean who Jean Bridges was named after. After Isa's passing, they remained very close to David and Julia. | David with Aunt Jean and Uncle Malcolm | Brideges with Malcolm Jean, age 5 | Julia with Jean and husband Bev | Aunt Jean, Bev, Malcolm and Marge
34: The Story of John Bakeman from Bridgeport, MN | “Patriarch” of the Bakeman Family | David Bridges Great Great Great Grandfather
35: David Bridges father’s family is descended from the Bakemans who came from Holland. This is copied from distant cousins of the family’s history beginning with John Bakeman who settled in Bridgeport, Maine. The Bakemans had several generations live in Maine until the 1860’s when Wilson Bridges married Lavinia Susan Bakeman and moved to Chicago, Illinois.
36: Francis Bakeman was born 1773. His son, Atherton Wales Bakeman married Susan Hall Gardner and had four children. He was a whaling captain and was lost at sea. It was his daughter Lavinia Susan Bakeman who married Wilson Bridges (and her younger brother George Albert who served and died in the Civil War). Wilson’s son Walter married Isa Willet, and together they had David Bridges, who in turned married Julia Weibel, and Jean was their first born.
37: You don’t see many pictures like this from the old days.. Jean always said how she loved this picture of her grandparents. Isa passed away from breast cancer when David was young and Walter went on to marry a second wife; sadly David lost touch with his father after this. Isa was very much loved by them both, and he stayed in touch with the Willetts through his life. | It was always said that Isa was Love of Walter's Life . . . | Isa and Walter Bridges David’s Parents
38: The Bridges and Bakemans | Lavinia Susan Bakeman | Her Children: Walter, Alice, and Frank | Walter Elwyn Bridges David's Father | David Bridges father Walter Elwynn Bridges and his mother Lavinia Bakeman
39: Wilson's Registration Card and Marriage License to Lavinia Susan Bakeman
40: George Albert Bakeman Younger Brother of Lavinia Susan Bakeman | George served in the 11th Maine Infantry. He lied about his age to get into the military, and even reenlisted. By age 19 he was promoted to Corporal. He fought in the Civil War and was stationed near Richmond and would spy for the Union. On August 16, 1864, during the Second Battle of Deep Bottom, he was in the position of lookout. It was said his commanding officer told him to be careful, and as he peered from behind a tree, a Confederate sniper’s bullet made its mark. While others cowered, he stood and performed at his post. | Because of George, Cecee always had an avid interest in the Civil War. Living in Virginia, and all the history here, Cecee and Mike have spent many anniversaries visiting Battlefields. In 2009, they went to Richmond, and visited the Glen Haven Visitor Center located in the Cemetery. It’s very likely George is buried here in an unmarked grave. It was amazing taking Allison and Grayson to see where their great great great great Uncle fought and died. George’s picture graces the “Wall of Faces” along with his story. His grave may not be marked, but his memory lives on.
41: His belongs, including this diary, were sent to Lavinia along with from his CO, Elias Morton. It was written that they went back to retrieve his body, but he was gone, likely buried in a mass grave. In later years, the soldiers from this battle were moved to Glen Haven National Cemetery
42: David Bridges Jean's Father | Born 1906 | High School Graduate, 1923 | ROTC Purdue U. | At Corn Prod in the Chemistry Lab | This is a drawing David drew for Julia when he was 14 yrs old | David working in the lab at Corn Product | 9 months old | Age 3
43: November 23, 1929 David and Julia were married | Her sister, with whom Julia was closest to, was her Maid of Honor | David and Julia’s Marriage License
44: Palos Park, Illinois | Pregnant with Jean | Julia's sister Lovina and Aurther Marbach's Wedding 1941 | Jean at the age of 4 with her younger brothers | The House in Palos Park | Jean Age 12 | David and Julia’s first home Built on land given by David’s Aunt Alice (Walter’s sister)
45: Jean and her Brothers Walter and Edward
46: In 1952, David was transferred to Westwood, NJ where he retired from Corn Products. Julia taught school and went on to get her Masters in English. Jean graduated from Westwood High School in 1951, went to Trenton State University, and got a degree in teaching.
47: It was November 4th, 1955. John was at the Mammoth Air Force Base; he heard a rumor a bus was “shipping fresh young woman” from Trenton State Teacher’s College for a dance. It turned out Jean was on that bus. She was wearing a black velvet scoop neck jumper with a red boatneck shirt. She and her three companions came up with a game who’d get asked in what order to dance. While there, a young man in glasses approached Jean, asking her for a dance, making her second to be requested. She learned his name was John Crompton. They danced one dance, he bought her a soft drink, and they spent the rest of the evening talking. For the rest is history (to be continued)
48: Linellelle Sulliven | William Pery Dawkins | Florence Easterlin | Clara Anne Dawkins | The Story of Clara Anne Dawkins | Varina Saunders | Logan Sullivan | Bud Dawkins | Julia Saunders | Reverend Benjamin Saunders | Effie Jones | Archibald Easterling | Commodore Dawkins | Great Grandma Dawkins | Mary Alice Sullivan | George Logan Sullivan Sr.
49: The Saunders Clara's Maternal Grandmother's Family | Julia Saunders and her family came from Wadesboro in Amherst County, NC. Her husband died when the children were young and she raised them on her own. Varina was one of five daughters. | The Rev. Benjamin Saunders and his wife Julia | Varina, 18 yrs old | Varina married Logan Sullivan and began a large family in Rockingham, NC | The Rev. Benjamin Saunders and his wife Julia | The Rev. Benjamin Saunders and his wife Julia, Varina’s parents, Clara’s Great Grandparents | October 13, 1879 – July 16, 1945 | The Saunder Sisters – Eugenia, Eleanor, Alletta, Jessie, and Varina. | The Young Logan and Varina Sullivan Family, more kids to come
50: The Sullivan Family | Clara’s mother’s Linelle’s Father Logan’s Family | Their son, George “Logan” Sullivan Jr. Sept. 8, 1878 – Sept. 13, 1946; He is Clara’s Maternal Grandfather. | The Sullivans originated in the North Carolina Mountains, and moved to Rockingham when Logan was a young child in the 1880’s. | George Logan Sullivan Sr. | Mary Alice Sullivan
51: The Story of the Sullivan Family | Written by Elizabeth Dawkins Thrower, Clara’s sister
53: Logan Sullivan’s Family | Seated: Bessie Sullivan, George Logan Sullivan Sr., Mary Alice Sullivan, Etta Sullivan Standing: Will and Lillie Sullivan, Logan and Varina Sullivan, Hert and Ina Sullivan, Oscar and Neely Sullivan | Logan married Varina Saunders and began a large family. They started in a one room cabin and added on as they and raised 10 children.
54: This house is the mentioned “one room cabin that was added onto.” Logan and Varina spent their lives here, and it later became the home of their daughter Linelle. She and her her son, Clara’s brother Thomas lived his last years here, then Clara’s sister Essie occupied the house and added more. This house has been visited by five generations. | The Sullivan Children | Linelle (Clara’s mother), Jordan, Madge, Eva, Julia, George, Raymond Eleanor, Bernice,George, in uniform, served in the Marines and fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima during WW II
55: Clara Anne Dawkins was born Feb. 17, 1927 in Richmond County, NC. Her parents, Nelle and Perry Dawkins, were proud tobacco farmers. She was the oldest of five children – Essie, Clara, Lib, Jack and Thomas. | Clara Anne Dawkins was born Feb. 25, 1927 in Richmond County, NC. Her parents, Linelle and Perry Dawkins, were proud tobacco farmers. She was the oldest of five children – Essie, Clara, Lib, Jack and Thomas | Left, the Dawkins Homeplace, home of Linelle and Perry Dawkins where they raised their five children. It was built in 1938 and was on an 80 acre tobacco farm. Clara was their first born, and here she is in 1929, age 2, and all pretty and dressed up!
56: The Dawkins Family Heritage thru Clara's father Perry | Home of Commodore Dawkins Perry’s Paternal Grandfather | Great Grandma Dawkins | Commodore Perry Dawkins | Their son William Buck “Bud” Dawkins, b. 1885 | His Wife Florence Virginia Easterling b. 1885 | The Dawkins Fimily
57: Bud and Florence Married Dec. 1, 1906 They had Perry who grew up to marry Linelle.
58: Information from the Easterling Heritage Book | Florence Virginia Easterling Clara's Paternal Grandmother
60: HerClara’s Heritage of the Easterlings Clara’s father Perry Dawkins was the Child of Florence Easterling and Bud Dawkins. Their heritage is traced back To 1733 from Reverend Henry Easterling.
61: From the Easterling Family Bible
62: Perry married Nelle and together they had Clara
63: Archie and Effie are Clara's Great Grandparents
64: Clara grew up helping on the farm and graduated Rockingham High School in 1947. She went onto Nursing School at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, NC where she received her Registered Nurse Degree.
66: Rockingham, North Carolina | Founded in 1784 as the official County Seat, Rockingham historically has been the center of commerce in Richmond County. The county was formed in 1779 from Anson County. It was named for Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond and Lennox. The county is divided into seven townships: Beaverdam, Black Jack, Marks Creek, Ellerbe, Rockingham, and Hamlet. | The Dawkins Homeplace | The Hawkins Homeplace | This is the Sullivan Homeplace originally built by Logan Sullivan. After Linelle’s husband Perry passed, she lived here with her son Thomas. Thomas passed in Dec., 1990, and Linelle passed away here in March of 1992. It was passed on to her daughter Essie. It had been added onto over the years and lived/visited by five generations of Clara’s family from her Sullivan grandparents and by her own grandchildren. | The Sullivan Homeplace
67: This is Green Lake Methodist Church where George and Clara were married. Many members of Clara’s family are buried here in the church cemetery. | Perry's Funeral | Allison meeting her Great Great Grandparents | In January of 1881 Thomas Benson Ledbetter purchased 100 acres at a public auction and with his nephew, John Steel Ledbetter as a partner, built South Union Mills on Hitchcock Creek in Rockingham, North Carolina. It was in operation until 1894 when the mill burned due to a lighting strike. They rebuilt the mill and changed the name to Ledbetter Manufacturing Company. The company manufactured cotton yarn operating completely on water power till World War ll. Then a diesel generator was used to supplement the water power until 1950 when the mill was converted to electrical power. In 1962 a manufacturing journal reported that the mill produced 2,555,000 pounds of yarn. Through the years many of the mill workers were third and fourth generation employees. Clara’s grandfather Logan Sullivan was a supervisor here. Linelle and her sister, Eva Sullivan Currie, worked here along with many members of the Dawkins family. The damn had broke in the late 40’s and Clara’s sister Elizabeth “Lib” wrote an article about it. While Logan worked here, his wife Varina had a route delivering farm goods such as eggs, butter, and such to customers in Rockingham. Linelle and Clara carried on this tradition. | The Ledbetter Mill where members of Clara’s family were employed
68: Elizabeth Dawkin Thrower’s Article of the Ledbetter Damn Burst, 1945
69: Clara’s Uncle, Ned Dawkins, wrote much about the history of their family and the Ledbetter Mill Community. Clara’s sister, Lib, contributed well written articles. This article tells of the incident when the Ledbetter Damn burst in 1945.
70: Time spent with the Grandparents on the Tobacco Farms of Rockingham, NC | Grandma Hawkins George's Mother | This is Grandma Dawkins, or Florence, she was chaperoning for young people at a church event on a Sunday afternoon. Note the NC backdrop..
72: George Winfred Hawkins | Sam Frank Hawkins | Annie Lane Highfill | Nancy "Nannie" Jane Martin | George Walter Hawkins | The Story of George Winfred Hawkins | Nancy Jane Martin (b. 1862) Father: Richard Thomas Martin Mother: Elizabeth Jane Cunningham Married to George Walter Hawkins, Oct. 16, 1882 in Snow Creek, Stokes, County, NC George Walter Hawkins (b. Jan, 1862) Father: James Hawkins Mother: Louisa A. Carter | Annie Lane Highfill Hawkins Sept. 3, 1894 – March 7, 1975 | Information of George’s Great Grandparents
73: “Our relatives came from England and arrived in the American colonies at Philadelphia. Members from those groups later moved on into the Ohio, Illinois and Iowa areas. As others continued to arrive some migrated down the Shenandoah Valley to the area that is now Roanoke where a fork in the migratory route apparently occurred. The group that would apparently be our ancestors migrated from the area that is now Roanoke down into North Carolina.. Quite a few of my close relatives have been or are located in Stokes County N.C. just south of Stuart, VA. My immediate family moved from Stokes County to Richmond County in 1932. During the early migration down the Shenandoah Valley, others continued on down the Appalachian Mountain valleys through the area that is now the Bristol area into Tennessee. There is a Hawkins County Tennessee just south of Bristol.” | History of the Hawkins Family as told by George Hawkins
74: Annie’s oldest son, LJ, from her first marriage can recall best of how Annie and Frank came together. He said, “Frank heard Annie was widowed, so he went after her.” They use to court by visiting people after church, and taking 6 yr old LJ and Frank’s two youngest children, Harry and Avis, along with them. | Sam “Frank” Hawkins is the son of George Walter Hawkins and Nancy Jane Martin. According to his daughter Jean, George’s sister, his first wife passed away young. She remembers a picture of her in a dress and hat with someone hold her up. They had five children: Heisel, Inez, Lindsey, Harry and Avis. The half sister, Avis, had sadly passed away from cancerous tumor on her spine, and it’s thought that is possibly what Frank’s first wife may have died from. | Annie and Frank Hawkins, George's Parents
75: Both Frank and Annie are originally from Sandy Ridge, NC. Annie’s first husband died of tuberculosis which left her widowed with one son LJ. They had moved back home to live with her father. She and Frank married and together had three more children: George, Byron, and Jean. When George turned five years old, Frank sold their farm in 1932 during the Great Depression. The family moved to Rockingham, NC. and bought land near Roberdelle. They rented the farm across the road while the Hawkins Homeplace house was being built. After moving in, the youngest brother Flukie was born. | Hawkins Homplace, built 1933 – 1934 | Frank and Annie’s children: Flukie, Jean, George, Byron | Annie Lane Highfill George's Mother
76: Annie Lane Hawkins with her sister and brothers: Annie, Emma Jane, Ewell, Walter, and William Highfill | Sam Hawkins was one of 10 children. Pictured here are Leslie, Everette, Tommy, Lola, Kirby, “Frank” (Sam), and Moyer. Not shown are Elliott, Lessell, Livvey, and Lilla
77: George Winfred Hawkins Born Feb. 17, 1927 | Childhood pictures of George | George’s Birth Announcement
78: George enlisted in the Navy during the 1940’s. He served at the submarine base of New London, CN. Here he’s relaxing on the balcony of the barracks in the winter of ’45 – ’46. | Here, George is all gussied up with his brother Byron and a friend, Don Fincher for John Dinnah’s wedding. This was taken around 1953 in front of the apartment Byron shared with his first wife Ruth Ivey on the campus of NC State.
79: Dr. George | George went to college for Agronomy, the study of soil. From NC State, he earned his BS in 1952, his Masters in 1956, and went onto Iowa State to earn his PhD in 1963. He was then offered a professor’s position at Virginia Tech, which brought his family to Blacksburg where Mike was born and raised. | George after receiving his BS Degree in 1952 from NC State | This was taken while George served as Superintendent of the Upper Piedmont Tobacco Research Station in Rural Hall, NC, 1952 – 1954. It was operated jointly by NC State and the NC Department of Agriculture | Ames, Iowa, 1958 – during a field day attended by farmers held at the Agronomy Research Station, George is discussing nutrient deficiency in corn. | 1957 – 1958, while at Iowa State, George worked full time as a professor in the Agronomy Dept. He also took coursework to earn his PhD. He’s pictured here with his department. He’s the gentleman on the very right.
80: til the one day when the lady met the fellow.... | In 2010, George and Clara celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary | How they met: One afternoon Clara was taking her brother into Ellerbe, NC, to get his driver’s license. At the time, George was serving in the Navy and was home visiting. Also in town with his sister Jean, he happened to notice Clara. He asked Jean about her, and, well, one thing lead to another. George asked her out, and for their first date, went to a church Christmas Program. Often they would double date with Clara’s sister Essie and her future husband Jack Cardwell. Thus, they fell in love . . .
81: December 17, 1950 George and Clara marry starting a long life of love together
82: John and Jean Married July 22, 1961 | As we’ve seen George and Clara get married, we now continue the story of John and Jean getting married, and thus begins the Heritage of Cecee | John and Jean’s Marriage License
83: In Texas, Jean with her older daughters Barbara Jean and Susan Margaret. In this picture she’s expectant with Cecee. | The Bridal Party – Best Man: Drew, Matron of Honor: Jean Gallagher, Usher, Jean’s brother Walter | While living in Texas, John was sent overseas to Pakistan to serve during the Indo-Pakistani Wars.
84: The Story of Cecee | Born June 11, 1964
85: Favorite Childhood Pictures | Cecilia Kay Crompton was born in San Angelo, TX at the Shannon West Memorial Hospital. She is the youngest sister of Barbara and Susan. The Crompton Family moved from Texas when John was transferred to Kessler AFB in Biloxi, MI in 1965.
86: John and Jean had their first, new house on Shore Drive, Biloxi, MI. By this time, John left the military. | John was a regular handyman; in the back yard he built a two story playhouse/shed, and even a swing set for the girls.
87: In 1967, John was offered a job in Northern VA. The family moved to Falls Church and rented a small, white cape cod house on Meadow Lane. | The girls befriended the Brown daughters across the street: Kathy, Lori, and Tracy | Much playtime was spent at Bull Run Park | Grandma Julia and Aunt Bina had retired to Mt. Dora, FL. Many great memories were made on those visits.
88: 1970 – 1973 The Cromptons lived here; John was very proud of this house; he worked a second job in Annandale at Roth Theaters. On Sundays, the family would take trips to the Skyline Drive where Jean took the girls on hikes and they were introduced to the Shenandoah Valley. | 13310 Penny Packer Lane of Green Brier, Chantilly, Northern VA | The Family continued to visit Uncle Art, Aunt Bina, and Grandma Julia in FL. Since Bertha had passed away before the girls were born, they were like their grandparents and very cherished.
89: August, 1973, John accepted a job with Roth to open a 3 screen theater in Harrisonburg, VA. Weary of the high paced life of DC, and since they’ve come to love the peaceful Valley, moved and built a house in 1974 near Keezletown. They lived here for seven years. | Below is Canonball Country Kimmy Cat Crompton; a very special, very loved Siamese cat who was very cherished, and very cool.
90: Happy years growing up in Keezletown | The Julia Bridges Family, June 1980 | The Grandchildren – Susan, David, Linda, Barbara, Tim, Sarah and Cecee | Generations of Graduates – Like Julia, both Jean and Cecee sought further education. Cecee graduated High School in 1982 following her sisters.
91: Life changed for the Cromptons in 1982. John got his dream job for Disney helping open Epcot and he and Jean moved to Florida. Barbara moved to Utah to finish her college at BYU, and Susan moved to FL shortly afterwards. | Cecee stayed in the Valley since her heart was here. She attempted a few years of college while working food service jobs, but set it aside, eventually graduating in 2008. In 1987 she began her job at Perdue Farms and also met Michael Dean Hawkins, her future husband, so thus, the story is to be continued. . .
92: The Story of Mike | Michael Dean Hawkins | Born May 24, 1962
93: Since George and Clara married, life took them around as George sought his higher education. While attending NC State, they had their first daughter, Georgia Anne, and moved to Iowa where Mike’s brother Gregg was born. Then George was offered a teaching position at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. It was there they moved into a basement apartment on Sunset Drive, and Mike was born at Radford Community Hospital in Radford, VA. | George and Clara’s Children | Anne (10 yrs), Gregg (4 ys), and Mike (5 months) | In 1960, George and Clara moved to Blacksburg into a basement apartment to 101 Sunset Blvd.
94: In 1963, the Hawkins family moved to Upland Road and rented a small, brick capecod house. Mike’s first few birthdays were celebrated under the carport. He enjoyed playing dress up as a soldier and a cowboy. | A favorite story is of Mike’s red cowboy hat ending up in the wash in a load of whites. Clara still laughs how everything came out pink. | 127 Upland Road
95: George and Clara built this house where the kids grew up when Mike was four. They still live on Alleghany Street to this day. Like the Sullivan House, many years of happy memories dwell here. | 611 Alleghany Street, 1967
96: Mike spent his busy teenage years attending Blacksburg High School where he graduated in 1980. He continued on at Virginia Tech where George taught Agronomy until he retired. Anne and Gregg graduated, making it a proud family tradition as well.
97: The year was 1987; Mike, after graduating VA Tech, got a job with Kobacker managing the Pic Way Shoe Store in Harrisonburg, VA. That same year, Cecee started her job at Perdue Farms. Later that summer, they met at a downtown club called “Players”. Mike approached Cecee (wearing a red dress) and asked her to dance. They casually ran into each other of the next three years on the single scene; June 10, 1990, they hooked up at JM’s Pub and Deli where they had their first kiss. By Jan. 1991, they shared a townhouse at 916 Vine St. and on Sept. 29, 1991 over a candle lit dinner, Mike proposed to Cecee, in which she happily said “yes!”. | July 4, 1992, Mike and Cecee were married at Bear Trap Farm, VA. They lived in Harrisonburg until 1997 when they bought their home in Broadway, VA after having their first baby, Allison, September 26, 1996.
98: The Hawkins Family of Mike and Cecee Allison and Grayson | Allison Renee’ Hawkins Born Sept. 26, 1996 | Grayson William Hawkins Born Dec. 27, 1999 | 2000 | 2003 | 2005 | 2008 | The Family has lived in Broadway since 1997 at 137 Holly Hill Street. They’ve flourished and grown and spend many happy times together.
99: 2006 | 2009 | 2010 | Our Home | So thus, the story continues . . .